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  • Guardroom

    Artist:
    Teniers, David, II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    69x103 cm

Teniers, David, II. 1610-1690

Guardroom

Flanders, 1642

The State Hermitage can boast one of the world's finest collections of works by the famous Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger. Over 40 paintings from the time when the artist was at his peak demonstrate the main facets of his oeuvre and reveal the distinctive nature of his style. Teniers created this painting in 1642, when the new regent of the Spanish Netherlands, Francisco de Melo gained two victories over the French that deflected a strike against Antwerp for a brief time. The battle scene in the background is a sort of echo of these events. But, along with the historical background Teniers also introduces a theatrical element into the traditional subject of a guardroom. The "front of stage" is occupied by a sumptuous still-life of armour, flags and weapons. The central place is allotted to the commander of the guard in a magnificent outfit and striking pose. This figure links together the personages of the middle ground grouped on the left and right, and at the same time makes it possible for us to pass mentally beyond the arch. The curtain hanging there emphasizes the theatrical note even more. It is raised to reveal a new landscape view and an additional "stage" area. This panoramic landscape includes the episode of a military unit besieging a fortress. In the treatment of the figures of the musketeers, the weapons, banners and military outfits this painting anticipates to some degree the Group Portrait of Members of the Oude Voteboog Shooting Guild in Antwerp that Teniers would paint a year later.

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Guardroom

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oil

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69x103 cm

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ГЭ-583

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